Bus accidents across the nation yield staggering injury and fatality statistics. According to a June 2011 USA Today article, National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) data indicates that passenger carrying motor coach accidents and deaths have increased significantly despite a downward trend in highway deaths on the whole. These accidents can occur in an array of types of buses that can include long-haul, interstate transportation providers like Megabus, Boltbus, and private companies operating out of Chinatown, New York; short-range commuter shuttles; and other passenger-carrying motor carriers. As a major city and metropolitan area, Philadelphia and southeastern Pennsylvania is served by numerous operators from throughout the US.
In the wake of a bus accident injury, you may be feeling helpless and confused about how to handle your insurance company, whether to sign papers about your case, and how to adapt to your post treatment medical realities. At Reiff & Bily we are sympathetic to your challenges and concerns and will listen to you and help you formulate your best course of action — not only to get fair remuneration for your injuries, but also to get your life back on track. But first, a few things to keep in mind if you have been in a bus accident:
- The insurance adjuster does not necessarily have your best interests at heart. Be cautious with what you say to the insurance company and carefully review any documents before you agree to anything.
- Be sure to seek medical attention for your injuries immediately. Early treatment typically improves your recovery prognosis.
If you or someone you love has suffered an injury in a bus accident, call the experienced and results-oriented lawyers at Reiff & Bily to evaluate your options.
How safe are buses?
While the safety of a particular bus is a confluence of factors including the bus type, vehicle condition, road conditions, and more, in general, buses are not any safer than cars. A 2012 Journal of Safety Research article, Risk factors associated with bus accident severity in the United States, found that while buses are relatively safe there is nevertheless a significant amount of bus related accidents. The study did identified several risk factors that can increase the likelihood that a bus accident is severe. These factors include:
- The presence of a younger bus drier who is under the age of 25
- Drivers over the age of 55, but more significantly after age 65
- At very high speed limits (greater than 65 miles per hour)
- At very low speed limits (less than 20 miles per hour)
- At intersections
- When the driver is distracted
- When the driver engages in risky driving
While many, if not most, bus operators adhere to the federal safety guidelines, there are some companies that put profits over health and safety. If you have been injured in an accident due to corner-cutting, negligence or other reasons, Reiff & Bily may be able to obtain compensation for your severe injuries and other damages.
Lawyers fight for Philadelphians injured in bus accidents
Bus accidents are often extremely complex and complicated to understand; this is especially true when multiple factors contribute to causing the accident. Multiple collisions, three or more vehicles involved, manufacturing defects, design defects, negligence, extreme weather, use of alcohol or other drugs, and driver distractions are but a few of the causes that must be considered in every accident.
Once the circumstances surrounding that accident have been uncovered, an experienced attorney can prepare a legal strategy designed to achieve a favorable result. We can engage in settlement discussions, but we are always prepared to take a matter to trial if it is likely to result in a better outcome for our client.
You can trust the Philadelphia bus accident attorneys at Reiff & Bily to explain your case options in clear, concise language. We seek to empower our clients by not only fighting for them in the courtroom, but also by tailoring our goals by listening to their needs. If you would like to have a serious discussion about your legal options following a bus accident, call Reiff & Bily at 800-861-6708 or contact us online.